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guer·ril·la

or gue·ril·la  (gə-rĭl′ə)
n.
A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary force operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy, as by surprise raids.
adj.
1. Of or relating to guerrillas or their tactics.
2. Using unconventional and usually inexpensive means to generate interest or raise concern among the public, as in commercial marketing or social activism.

[Spanish, raiding party, guerrilla force, diminutive of guerra, war, of Germanic origin; see wers- in Indo-European roots.]

guerrilla

(ɡəˈrɪlə) or

guerilla

n
1. (Military)
a. a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
b. (as modifier): guerrilla warfare.
2. (Botany) a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some clovers. Compare phalanx
[C19: from Spanish, diminutive of guerra war]
guerˈrillaism, gueˈrillaism n

guer•ril•la

or gue•ril•la

(gəˈrɪl ə)

n., pl. -las.
a member of a band of irregular soldiers engaged in guerrilla warfare.
[1800–10; < Sp, diminutive of guerra war (< Germanic; compare war1)]

guerrilla

, gorilla - Guerrilla is from a Spanish diminutive of guerra, "war," and refers to a soldier of an independent armed resistance force; gorilla is the ape.
See also related terms for soldier.

guerrilla

A combat participant in guerrilla warfare. See also unconventional warfare.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guerrilla - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassmentguerrilla - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
guerilla force, guerrilla force - an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
Maquis, Maquisard - a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II
urban guerrilla - a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
warrior - someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

guerrilla

noun freedom fighter, partisan, irregular, underground fighter, member of the underground or resistance The guerrillas threatened to kill their hostages.
Translations
partisaanisissisissisota
gverilec

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə]
A. Nguerrillero/a m/f
urban guerrillaguerrillero/a m/f urbano/a
B. CPD guerrilla band Nguerrilla f
guerrilla warfare Nguerra f de guerrillas

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə] nguérillero m guerrilla group, guerrilla leader, guerrilla warguerrilla group nguérilla fguerrilla leader nchef m de la guérillaguerrilla war nguérilla fguerrilla warfare nguérilla f

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə] nguerrigliero/a
guerrilla group → gruppo di guerriglieri
guerrilla tactics → tattica di guerriglia
References in classic literature ?
To avoid being involved in these guerillas, as well as to escape from the extremely social intercourse of the Crows, which began to be oppressive, Montero moved to the distance of several miles from their camps, and there formed a winter cantonment of huts.
I hoped that while carrying my letter the man would not let himself be caught by some Alphonsist guerilla who would, of course, shoot him.
The war became perforce a universal guerilla war, a war inextricably involving civilians and homes and all the apparatus of social life.
I thought it my duty to hint at the discomfort my aunt would sustain, from living in a continual state of guerilla warfare with Mrs.
At the turn of the last century, the British eventually defeated the Boers of South Africa, brilliant guerillas of Dutch descent who had trekked north from the Cape Colony in a vain attempt to escape British rule.
India's Maoist guerillas have held monthlong celebrations in December to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the People's Liberation Guerilla Army.
In the twenty-first century guerillas continues to pin down and damage well-trained regular armies, and have remained as ruthless, effective and flawed as Hemingway's Spanish fighters.
Suggesting that only the last of these have been very prominent in debates recently because of the difficulties of fitting other insurgencies into the other categories, they revisit the insights of African Guerillas and argue for a more nuanced approach that goes beyond single-factor explanations and understands insurgencies as rational responses to the composition of African states and their politics and recognizes war and peace as part of continuum.
Turkish troops, reinforced by helicopter gunships, were pursuing the guerillas in the rugged region near the town of Eruh.
After months of escalating clashes between Macedonian security forces and armed Albanian guerillas demanding greater rights for the country's Albanian minority, a shaky, ceasefire holds while the country's leaders debate a last-ditch peace plan.